At Last – Bookcases (and a functioning room around them)

It’s been 5 months since we started the hunt for more bookcases to hopefully get the rest of the books onto shelves. Those books have been in boxes, in stacks, in closets. The shelves are in, and books have been moved from hither and yon into new locations. This, as it turns out, meant moving a lot of books that were already happily on shelves to different shelves and rearranging things in three rooms.

The pulp reprints changed rooms, all the hardcover SF-F went into the new shelves plus the things that didn’t fit the old space added in, more than half of the art books were moved, the poetry shelved. The non-fiction and general fiction are shelved – not in this room – and a lot of things in storage are now out. And look! There are empty bookshelves!

I took a few “before” pictures of blank walls, and just took some “after” pictures. The room is multi-purpose: my drawing table, work table, a new love seat for reading, visiting, etc. plus the books. There is still a drafting lamp to install and art supplies to put in new plastic storage bins. This is the first time I’ve had an art space since I retired in 2002.



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11 Responses to At Last – Bookcases (and a functioning room around them)

  1. Looks great, Richard!

  2. Richard says:

    Thanks, Chris. Leave it to you to pop right in when the subject line says “bookcases”. 🙂

  3. cgramlich says:

    thumbs up!

  4. The books or the bookshelves? Both look good, Richard! The writing table overlooking the window is really neat. A nice setting for writing. What do you use the long table on the left for? I think I’d spread out the morning papers and read them over a cup of tea. Thanks for sharing these.

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Sweet! That was really worth the wait.

    The pulp reprints bookcase looks like it could be in a bookstore! Good job.

  6. Richard says:

    Prashant, the smaller table is for drawing, the larger one is a project table, for laying out art supplies, cutting mats, reference materials and other tasks. Though I haven’t done any art work in a decade, I’m hoping, now that I have a place to do it, I can get back into drawing and maybe even doing some watercolor painting, not that I was ever any good at it, but it was an enjoyable pastime.

    Charles, Jeff, thanks. We ended up getting them from an unfinished furniture place downtown, they made them to order.

  7. Walker Martin says:

    Anthony Powell wrote a novel called BOOKS DO FURNISH A ROOM and your photos show exactly what he was talking about. But where are your bookcases full of digests and pulp magazines?

  8. Richard says:

    Walker, I only have pulp reprints, no actual real pulp magazines. At one time I had a long run of Astounding Science Fiction and Analog, but those were lost to me, so it’s only the reprints you see. There are three other rooms with lots of bookshelves in them too, one primarily for paperback mystery and SF-F.

  9. SOOOOO jazzed about this! Awesome. The shelves look fantastic. I am definitely coming back later tonight to look at the bigger images to have a voyeuristic time slobbering over your books. So glad you took before and after pics.

  10. Richard says:

    Thanks, Carl. That empty wall in the background is awaiting artwork, which I’ll put up eventually.

  11. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Will there be a New Arrivals/Books Read post today?

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